Imperial Stout | Dick's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Dick's Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-27-2002

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Ratings: 63 |  Reviews: 56
Reviews by jtfest:
Photo of jtfest
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby brown -- opaque in the glass -- with a thin tan head that's just a wee bit too thin. A sweet malt aroma carries hints of toastedness and caramel, though the aroma is also a bit 'thin'. The mouthfeel fits the taste well, thick enough to carry the flavor and coat the palate. The taste is quite good with some nice suggestions of chocolate and coffee, finishing with a delicate and blended bitterness. Very drinkable for an Imperial Stout -- I could easily get in trouble with these ...

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Photo of RoyalT
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Black as night with a darkened head.

Smell – Classic Imperial Stout aroma. The chocolate powder and coffee dominate here. There’s also some espresso bean and milk chocolate along with raw sugar. The toasted malt is there as well, but clearly in the background.

Taste – This is a good one. The toasted malt comes out more in the taste. The sweets though are present as well. Everything is BIG. The chocolate still dominates. The finish is sweet yet dry (if that makes any sense) and fruity – think dates dipped in powdered sugar.

Mouthfeel – Little carbonation and full-bodied in accordance with the style.

Drinkability – This went down quite well. It’s a real heavy hitter. Don’t chase this with a pils or light lager.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark pour, some slight light transmission at the bottom of the pint glass. Decent head for an Impy, ochre yellow in color. Big, blotchy lace. Dryish aroma, bits of apricot and black pepper. Solid body, medium to low carbonation. Coffee-ish bitter to start start out the taste, enhanced by solid American style hops. fades far too early and too much, not an evaporation, just not the generation of powerful chocolate or fruit tones. Mostly a bittered java quality as typical of a Dry Stout as a big Imperial. At 7.5% ABV, it may meet the style, but doesn't trend in very deep to my tastebuds.

Source: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of Magpie14
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: lovely black pour, bubbly and creamy tan colored head, that sunk away. Various strings and clumps of lacing...overall a nice pour

S: deep dark malts and grains. A whiff of coffee sweetness, maybe picked-up on blueberries right after the pour

T: alternates between burly roasted and toasted malts. Nice light bitterness in the follow up and keeps the malts at bay from hogging all the limelight. From what I can gather, maybe a milk sugar lactose sweetness. As it warms I get some alcohol and cocoa notes

M: smooth to boot and rather pleasing. Some carbonation present but at soft levels

D: my first Dicks brew and not to shabby. Nothing to brag about, can be summed up as a well rounded stout.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque brown-black with a foamy tan head that holds OK, eventually dropping but leaving a good, big bubbled collar and whispy surface foam as well as some very nice lace. The body is medium with a standard level of carbonation. The aroma is of sweet and roasty malt - bittersweet chocolate, and some subdued fruitiness. The flavor starts with a chocolaty malt and some very light "burnt currant", receeding into some nice caramel and toffee notes as it warms across the palate but quickly shifting to a solid roastiness at the back of the mouth, and finishing with a bold bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is fairly apparent. This beer would probably benefit from a cooler fermentation and additional aging prior to bottling. Still, a very nice beer. Not as complex as many examples, but certainly full of flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a purple-tinged chestnut with 2 fingers of mocha-colored head. Average lacing & head retention

S: Coffee & iron, plus vanilla & a bit of booze once warm

T: Chocolate, iron & coffee up front. Sweet chocolate, caramel & coffee grinds as this warms. Finishes with nice chocolate notes, roasty grain & dryness & a bit more coffee

MF: Kind of light-bodied for the style, but some nice creamyness & low carbonation

Drinks easy, a good, but not great example of the style

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Photo of Bung
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep black pour, not much head to speak of, but sticks to the glass very nicely. Nice roasty aromas, a little booze. Initially it seemed a little thin, but I'd say it's just solid medium bodied. Some milk/sweet stout qualities. Lots of roast malt and mocha with some coffee sprinkled in. Finishes with a rather clean bitterness. Not a top 5, but an intersting take on the style. If I were rating this against other sweet stouts, this probably would crack the top 5.

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Photo of Jredner
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is more smoky than roasty with mild umami notes and some burnt malt notes. Deep black with a creamy tan head that is a full thumb thick. Fore is bitter and burnt with lots of coffee notes, but little else. Some mild dark fruits appear int he middle, but are quickly washed away by the burnt bitterness. Not bad, but not a showstopper.

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Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a good sized head, fair amount of lacings.
Another one of Dick's middle of the road beers. A good average example of this style.
Lots of coffee-cocoa-light vanilla flavors. Little head, no lacings. Alcohol fairly well
hidden. Minor soy sauce flavor. Decent average pour. Plenty of hop bitterness in the
finish. If this was the only Impy Stout available it would be O.K.
Drinkability is good for the style.

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Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown to black color, monsterous chocolate brown head, oodles of lace. Nose is coffeeish, roasted barley, caramel. The start is richly sweet, the top has a full mouthfeel, creamy complex. The finish is pleasingly dry, potently hopped, moderate to low carbonation, a quite "Quaffable stout". Ranks #334 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a black color with some light highlighting and bubbly head of a beige hue. Touch of lacing, not much retention.

Nose is fruity with a hefty dose of chocolaty malt. Little bit of rum-like sugar and a light yeast touch.

Lighter, British style imperial stout with lots of blackberry fruitiness, doughy yeast and even a bit chalky. Reminds me a bit of Sam Smith's IS. A lighter body than one would expect from an imperial stout and less roast. Interesting beer, but I did not find it all that pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from weefisheads via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/8" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades down to an uneven layer of bubbles, with average to good lacing. Aroma is dark grains, with a light fruitiness and alcohol notes. Taste is thick chocolate and coffee malts, with a light bitterness, and the slightest of alcohol warming. Mouthfeel and drinkability are great, almost too drinkable.

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Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This really tastes more like a really big brown ale than an imperial stout. Dark brown, but far from opaque, the head is a very pale khaki that is thin and fades quickly. The aroma is sweet tea and caramel. The flavor is fairly malty, but is heavy on the caramel and a bit of chocolate more than roasts. On the end there is a metallic bitterness from the hops that isn't really very pleasant.

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Photo of xoqx
4.53/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black with a nice two finger head.

Smell: Outstandingly rich smell of coffees, chocolates, and hops peaking through.

Taste: The deep, sweet malt is very nicely reigned in by an appropriate hop profile and the chocolates, and coffees come through strongly. The crispness is really the surprise here. Never have I had a Russian Imperial Stout so decidely bright in taste.

Mouthfeel: Amazing. This has all the mouthfullness of an Imperial Stout, yet is astonishly crisp and interestingly carbonated. The headretention was superb throughout with a nice disk through to the end.

Drinkability: I could really drink a few of these, which is not typical for my reaction to stouts. I think this is a superb brew.

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Photo of GregJ
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark brown black with almost no head. Smells of dark malts, a little chocolate. Overpowering taste of burnt malts, slight chocolate, licorice and an astringent flavor. Medium/light body with a burnt malts and some piney resin aftertaste.

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Photo of grub
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one a while back in a trade with westsidemiller. thanks!

12oz bottle. sampled sept 20/09.

pours deep brown, nearly black and opaque, with a dense brown head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves tons of lace.

aroma is good. anise. coffee. dark chocolate. earthy. hint of smoke. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. light cracker. touch of fruity character.

taste is good. dark and milk chocolate. coffee. anise. light earthy character. toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. touch of smoke. bit of fruity character. medium-low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance, hiding the alcohol well. nice depth and complexity. good stuff.

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Photo of vurt
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle. Served in a nonic imperial pint glass.

Black and mostly opaque, though I can see burnt orange highlights around the bottom of the glass. Forms a tall head of tan foam very easily. The head quickly settles into a creamy layer of densely packed bubbles. A very good looking glass of stout.

Dark chocolate and roasted grains, with a plummy fruitiness and a bit of alcohol at the finish. There's also a slight suggestion of oxidation.

A little tart at first. Then it turns bittersweet with flavors of burnt grain and toffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Goes quite dry in the lingering finish.

Lighter bodied than I'm used to in an imperial stout, but the silky texture is very nice. Good level of carbonation.

Satisfying and easy to drink. Full-flavored, though not as complex as some of the bigger imperial stouts out there. A decent example of the style, and worth seeking out.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you TheBungyo for the trade. This beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a dead black with minimal ruby opaqueness to light. The beer has a very pleasing two finger lightly creamed coffee head. As the head settles from the pour I am given a perfect reverse cascade in the glass. Thick rings of lacing coat my glass. This looks very enticing. You are a sexy beast!

Smell: The beer has a good combination of roasted and toasted malts. Semi sweet chocolate and nearly burnt espresso combine to make the bulk of the smell. A bit of spicy alcohol bring up the rear of the smell.

Taste: The beer is dominated by bakers semi sweet chocolate. This is paired well with espresso so darkly roasted it is burnt. The hops kick the beer down to a pleasant bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is slightly less than medium bodied. All the elements of the beer are well incorporated. I would have like a heavier body but thats me. This is a outstandingly easy beer to drink. I enjoyed it from the moment I opened it until it departed my glass. This would be a easy beer to drink a couple of. Needless to say I recommend this beer.

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Photo of pschul4
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer set out at 10:07 CST review to come when tempered
Poured at 10:18

Big thanks to Libbey for this extra!

A- I like my RIS's pitch black and this is only black. Haha I know its a minute point but I have to set the gold standard somewhere. Some ruby hue around the edges and not much head/lacing to speak of.

Smell/taste at 10:25
S- Lots of roasty notes with a little bit of coffee and chocolate. Roastyness takes over completely though

T- As the nose indicated roasted malts is the main thing you get out of the taste. Chocolate and coffee in the background but mostly the roasted jimmies ;)

M- Little too thin for my RIS's but nothing too terrible.

O- I think I might have a yeti tonight now that this has got me in the mood for RISs haha thanks Libbey!

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/29/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Moylan's pint glass.

Appearance- Very black pour and somewhat thick. Small dirty brown head, maybe 1/2 inch max. Very light lacing left behind.

Smell- Dominated by coffee, dark coffee! Good amounts of dark chocolate and malt as well.

Taste- Dark roasted malt, almost to the point of a burnt sensation. Deep dark roasted coffee melds fairly well with the sweet malt and the dark chocolate. I guess you are getting the clue. THis is one dark deep beer. Hops are prevelant and make themselves known quickly.

Mouthfeel- Thicker than expected for a lower abv imperial stout. A bit more than wanted on the carbonation side. The thickness makes up for it though.

Drinkability- If you like 'em dark, thick and hoppy, grab one of these. Pretty chewy and nice beer as is.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: solid black with three-plus fingers of creamy tan head. It looks nice, but it really appears rather overcarbonated for an imperial stout. Still, head retention seems decent and it delivers the black like a stout should.

Smell: woody, slightly fruity aroma with chocolate undertones. Not a lot of deep dark depth, but there is a nice complexity among its brighter aromas. I rather like it.

Taste: a bit bright for an imperial stout. Again, fruity, woody and with a roasted quality that is quite good but sadly isn't the star of the show. As a beer, I like it, but its imperial-stoutness is questionable.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated, which is something I usually like but which is not really appropriate here. Viscosity is somewhat thin for the style; this beer falls more on the "fizzy" than the "creamy" side of the scale.

Drinkability: this beer has a nice zing to it, which I like, but it doesn't really tick all the imperial stout boxes. I also notice that it has some hallmarks of bottle infection -- overattenuation, overcarbonation and a tangy acidity -- but these might just as well be typical features of this beer. However, unintentional though they may be, they serve to make the beer quite quaffable in my book.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a dark and opaque brown, almost black, very thick tan head forms, very thick ring settles around the glass after a few minutes, some lace sticks to the glass. Smell is neat, dry and malty, caramel, dark fruit and raisin, brown sugar, chocolate milk, some roast, biscuit, grapes, pretty nice. Taste is similar, iron and chocolate milk, roast, biscuits, dark fruit, raisin, brown sugar, very dry and toasty middle, wafers, citrus in the finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, very dry finish, pretty drinkable stuff if a little weak. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of beerguy101
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black color, medium/large head. Aroma is choccolate and tofee. Full bodied imperial stout. Malts are heavily roasted and chocolately. Hops are slightly spicy and medium hopped. Slightly sweet, nice malts. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of brdc
2.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Very dark, nearly pitch black, very little of a light tan head, minimal retention and lacing.
Aroma is rather faint, milk chocolate and coffe.
Watery for a RIS, very thin indeed, with little depth of flavor. Whatever is there, mostly coffee and some oatmeal, minimal chocolate, disappears from your mouth in seconds.
Would be a somewhat below average stout; as a RIS, it is way below average.

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Photo of Briken
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Black with a thin unber head with virtually no retention or lacing. Light molasses and chocolate with a trace of floral character. Chocolate and aroasted malts with floral hop bittering and an alcohol finish. A slightly foamy but thin mouthfeel.

This had some potential it had a pretty good aroma and is about as black as possible. It has some good flavors, however, they seem slightly subdued and ultimately kind of run together and seem a bit muddled. Together with a slightly unpleasant bittering and an overwhelming alcohol flavor, it's just not a favorite of the imperial stouts.

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Imperial Stout from Dick's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 63 ratings